The wine gets warmer, the nights turn colder, and the streets of the Cornish towns and villages come to life with twinkling lights and decorated trees. Some may say we’ve saved the best month ‘til last. Read on for the run-down of the best events in Cornwall this December, from Christmas light displays and magical theatre performances, to festive markets and tons of great food!
Festive afternoon tea
Sugar, spice, and all things nice. That’s the secret ingredient to our afternoon tea. Throughout December, indulge in all the magical flavours of Christmas, with our yuletide-inspired afternoon tea. Set to the backdrop of our frost-glistened lawns and roaring fireplace. Tuck into seasonal savouries and moreish sweets, served with a mulled wine, or tea and coffee.
Exclusively available in December, book a table here.
Eat, drink and be merry! Food is the best part about Christmas. Gather your favourite people together for a festive lunch at our award-winning restaurant. Our chefs have cherry-picked the most wonderful flavours of the season, to produce an unforgettable three-course menu. Choose from three courses for £29, or two courses for £25. All served with Christmas crackers and festive cheer, every plate, bowl, and board that leaves our kitchen is a gift for your tastebuds.
Christmas at Trelissick
The charming house and grounds at National Trust Trelissick are having a festive glow-up throughout December. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Father Christmas himself, listen to local choirs perform your favourite carols, and shop for artisan gifts and crafts at the shop.
The tea rooms will also be open and serving winter warmers, the perfect pitstop after a crisp walk around the beautiful estate and woodlands. If you’re looking for dog-friendly events in Cornwall this December, the majority of the estate welcomes well-behaved pups, meaning your pooch can enjoy the festivities too!
Krowji Christmas Open Studios
Visit Krowji’s Christmas Open Studios on the first weekend of December, where over 60 designers, makers, and creatives will be showcasing their handmade products, art pieces, and crafts. Enjoy an evening of browsing pottery, macrame, upcycled furniture, jewellery, paintings, prints, and more! To add to the atmosphere, the studios will be joined by choirs and carollers to entertain and inspire your festive shopping experience.
A generous sprinkling of faith, trust, and pixie dust is coming to Truro this December. Get your tickets to watch the live show of Peter Pan, starring Edward Rowe (Kernow King) as Captain Hook, alongside a talented cast. A magical experience for adults and children, this family-friendly show will transport you from the Cornish capital, to the adventures in Neverland.
Fowey Christmas Market
One of the biggest events in Cornwall this December, make sure you mark the annual Fowey Christmas Market in your calendar. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the picturesque town by the water for a spot of festive shopping amongst over 100 stalls boasting Cornish produce, arts, crafts, and fantastic gifts.
Tropical Pressure Christmas Party
For something a little different this Christmas, Tropical Pressure are bringing a wave of heat to the festive countdown with their annual Christmas Party. Expect live tropical music and beats across two venues at this vibrant end-of-year celebration. The dress code is all things colourful, from feathers and neons, to sequins and glitter!
Christmas Day Swims
There’s nothing more liberating than celebrating the big day with a brisk sea swim. A true Cornish tradition, on Christmas morning, head to your nearest beach, wearing your swimwear and Santa hat, and brave the elements for a refreshing dip in the ocean.
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New Year’s Eve Black Tie Gala Dinner
Join us at The Alverton to say farewell to 2023, and welcome in 2024 in style, at our New Year’s Eve Black Tie Gala Dinner. Dress to impress, before sitting down to a decadent six-course tasting menu from our award-winning chefs, served in the jaw-dropping setting of our Great Hall. After dinner, enjoy dancing and drinks with our resident DJ entertaining up to the countdown and into the new year!
Festive lunches at The Alverton
Eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy two or three courses of festive food, including Christmas crackers. Available throughout December.
Cornish Winter Getaway
A great night’s sleep and cream tea or two house drinks - from £119 for two people. Valid from 1st December 2023 to 28th March 2024.